Dental surgery approved

PROVIDED car parking issues can be sorted out, the Rose City will be able to welcome a new dental surgery at the corner of Percy and Dragon streets.

Southern Downs Regional Councillors yesterday approved the single-surgery dental practice at the planning and environment committee meeting, provided the applicants, Antioch Capital, came back to council with a more suitable parking option.

Planning and Environment director Ken Harris said the car parking was already over-saturated in the area, with the Condamine Medical Centre, Central State School and Leonard’s Trading Store all in close proximity.

“We don’t have major concerns about the land use ... it’s about parking,” he said.

“What we’re saying is they need to come up with a proper car park. If there wasn’t a suitable alternative, you probably wouldn’t be looking at a recommendation for approval.”

Cr Mally McMurtrie moved in line with the recommendation once Mr Harris had finished his report and Cr Vic Pennisi seconded. Cr Ross Bartley said the parking in the area was “hitting critical mass” and did not vote for the approval, however did not have his vote recorded.

Mr Harris re-enforced the importance of finding a suitable parking alternative on the site.

“If this was anything but a small-scale dental surgery, again you wouldn’t have been looking at a recommendation for approval,” he said.

The dental surgery involves the transformation of an existing Queenslander home and will employ no more than three people, including a dentist, dental assistant and receptionist.

In the report tabled in the planning and environment committee meeting, there were some submissions received.

These included the lack of parking, increased traffic at an already busy intersection, adverse effects on property values and hazardous materials stored on premises. The application was assessed against the policy intent and impact assessment criteria for the city frame land use area however was considered to be appropriate.

The report deemed that the use of an existing dwelling would ensure residential amenity of the site would be maintained.

The planned car park only allowed for four spaces, including employees. The vote was carried.



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